MPs consider Lords amendments to Welfare Reform and Work Bill

02 March 2016

The Welfare Reform and Work Bill returned from the House of Lords for consideration of Lords Amendments by MPs on 2 March 2016.

Consideration of Lords Amendments: 23 February 2016

On Tuesday 23 February 2016 MPs debated amendments made by the House of Lords to the Bill. The Bill was returned to the Lords with a message.

The Commons insisted on its disagreement with Lords Amendments Nos. 1, 8, 9 and 34 and proposed amendments in lieu.

The Commons financial privileges were waived in respect of Lords amendments 2-6 and 11.

The Commons agreed to Lords Amendments 2-7, 10-33 and 35-57.

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Summary of the Bill

A Bill to make provision about reports on progress towards full employment and the apprenticeships target; to make provision about reports on the effect of certain support for troubled families; to make provision about social mobility; to make provision about the benefit cap; to make provision about social security and tax credits; to make provision for loans for mortgage interest; and to make provision about social housing rents.

Progress of the Bill

This Government Bill was introduced to the House of Commons on 9 July 2015. It had its second reading on 20 July 2015.

The Bill completed its Committee stage on 20 October 2015. Remaining Commons stages were debated in the Commons on 27 October 2015.

The Bill then went to the House of Lords for consideration.

Keep up to date with all the proceedings and documentation, including amendment papers on the Welfare Reform and Work Bill and find out how a Bill becomes an Act of Parliament.

House of Commons Library analysis

The House of Commons Library produces briefing papers to inform MPs of key issues. The papers contain factual information and a range of opinions on each subject, and aim to be politically impartial.

Lords Amendments

When a Bill has passed through third reading in both Houses it is returned to the first House (where it started) for the second House's amendments (proposals for change) to be considered.

Both Houses must agree on the exact wording of the Bill. There is no set time period between the third reading of a Bill and consideration of any Commons or Lords amendments.

What happens after consideration of amendments?

Once the Commons and Lords agree on the final version of the Bill, it can receive Royal Assent and become an Act of Parliament (the proposals of the Bill now become law).

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